News Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Named AAPSS Fellow Posted June 13, 2008 By News editor The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) named Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot the 2008 Margaret Mead Fellow at a ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania on May 8. The AAPSS, founded in Philadelphia in 1889, promotes progress of the social sciences and using social science knowledge in the development of public policy. "We are honoring individuals who have not only accomplished impressive intellectual breakthroughs but who have done so with their eyes firmly focused on advancing the public good," said Douglas S. Massey, president of the AAPSS and Princeton University Professor. Lawrence-Lightfoot was honored for her study of the culture of schools, the patterns and structures of classroom life, the links between adult developmental themes and teachers' work, and the relationship between culture and learning styles. She was also recognized for her pioneering approach to social science methodology, and bridging the realms of aesthetics and empiricism. "I have wanted my writings to be informative and inspiring, speaking to the head and the heart, focusing on the complex good rather than the narrowly pathological; inciting identification and self-interrogation among readers," Lawrence-Lightfoot said in her acceptance remarks. News The latest research, perspectives, and highlights from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Explore All Articles Related Articles News Eric Taylor Awarded Grant to Study Teacher Evaluation The five-year award will support a research partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and researchers at Brown University, Vanderbilt University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. News Mehta Named Commissioner of NCTAF Associate Professor Jal Mehta was named commissioner of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future with South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman. News Brion-Meisels Receives Morningstar Award Lecturer Gretchen Brion-Meisels was presented with the Morningstar Family Teaching Award at Convocation exercises on May 25.